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Big Love's plans for season four...and what happened to Roman

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 24th 2009 1:08PM
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The answer to one of last season's big questions on Big Love was answered the other day when the cast and creators of the HBO drama met the press at the Paley Festival in L.A. You may recall that a certain prophet by the name of Roman Grant was left for dead after Joey Hendrickson had reached his breaking point. When I wrote about the season finale, I wondered if we had actually seen the last of Roman?

You don't have to wait till next fall for the answer, after the jump I'll tell you what executive producer Mark V. Olsen revealed, and it's not only about Roman. There's big news about Big Love.

First, Roman. He will be part of the story lines to come, but he did not survive being suffocated with a pillow by Joey. He's dead. There will be funeral and Alby and Bill and Nicki will be talking about him, but don't anticipate a resurrection or sci-fi reanimation. Roman is gone. Also, Olsen said there are no Lost-like flashbacks on Big Love. Ever.

The new religion created by Bill for his family, which they are calling the Church of Bill, is going to be a big thing for the Hendricksons. And if you put that together with the theme of season four, the subjugation of women, you have to wonder if Bill's religion will be any more welcoming of Barb than LDS was in season three.

Up at Juniper Creek with Roman dead, Alby will fortify his position as the top dog, but if you think Adaleen is going to let Alby get away with trying to kill her (the letter bomb), think again.

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I'm loving what they're doing with the "Church of Bill". What made America special was the religious experimentation that took place in the first two centuries of it's existence. One of my ancestral lines is a Quaker "clan" who came to America in the late 1600's from England (England at that time didn't care too much for the Quakers). However, once here, my ancestors eventually ran into problems with the Quakers themselves. The Quakers didn't like the fact that my family liked to marry within the "clan", that is, marry their first cousins. There are some lovely records of the Quakers expelling my ancestors for marrying without their authorization. My ancestors set up their own Quaker meeting house and continued to marry their cousins for the next hundred and fifty years. Sounds a bit like Big Love, doesn't it?

April 24 2009 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Someone tell me I'm not the only one who was thinking of Roman Nevikoff from Life.

April 24 2009 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Joey Geraci's comment

Sorry...you are. Love the show Life too! But new the difference...

April 24 2009 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

KNEW the difference.

April 24 2009 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Season three was the best yet. Every week was awesome, great episodes, very solid.

April 24 2009 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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